The gender politics of the drone
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As war has been considered by many to be one of the most gendered of all human activities, this chapter suggests that perhaps one of the reasons this form of warfare is so troubling and difficult to classify in contemporary conceptual frameworks is precisely that it defies the gendered categories that have constituted theories of war and political violence in International Relations. Inspired by feminist critiques of the war/peace distinction in terms of sexualised violence against women, the chapter draws on queer and black feminist thought to analyse not only how the drone challenges our understanding of what war is, but also how it must be understood as a gendering and racialising technology. Given the much noted ‘voyeuristic intimacy’ of the drone and its fetishised, even sublime qualities, and the predator/prey ‘manhunt’ structure of this form of violence, the chapter argues that to understand the gender politics of the drone we must examine the mutual constitution of both the concept of gender as a technology of embodiment and a racializing technology.

Drone imaginaries

The power of remote vision

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